Sandra Smith


On Monday, October 3, we had the Parks and Recreation Meeting. The Committee will be selling raffle tickets for a basket full of items that make up a turkey dinner for a fund raiser. Included will be a turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, veggies, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, apple cider, and homemade biscuits and pie from the Bellmard Inn. The tickets are $1.00 each and 6 for $5.00. They will be available from committee members and were sold at the Baileyville Octoberfest and will be sold at the Baileyville Craft Fair on November 5th where the prize winner will be drawn. The proceeds from this raffle will help sponsor upcoming events such as the November Movie Night tentatively scheduled for November 18 at the fire station, build a temporary skating rink at the field and sliding this winter. Then more plans were made for the haunted house. After the events discussions the draft of the by-laws was reviewed/approved and ready to forward to the Board of Selectmen for review at Tuesday’s meeting.

Last week Legacy Square was decorated by Sharon Norman. This Monday morning, early birds, Sharon, Bob Norman and Doug Clements spread mulch around the flower gardens and the spruce tree that is the center of what has become our tradiChristmas Tree Lighting event.

This week the Friends of Princeton will be removing all the flowers from the barrels and storing the spikes for use in next year’s barrels. Thanks to John McDowell for moving all the barrels back to the town office area for storage.

Here is the Ballot Question Preview for this week. Question 3: Citizen Initiative - “Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions, and shooting range activity?” Many families here have a hunting tradition and this initiative so needs to be reviewed and will be voted on November 8. In order to vote you need to register at your town office. All you need is proof of your physical address and a driver’s license or the last four numbers of your social security number. Then on November 8 voting is from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Princeton Town Office.

Reminders are out from the town about licensing or re-licensing all dogs over 6 months of age. All dogs need to have proof of a current rabies vaccination. The licensing fee is $6.00 for neutered/spayed dogs and $11.00 for unaltered dogs. Dogs can be licensed for 2017 from October 15-January 31. After that a late fee of $25 per dog will be charged. Note that this fine and deadline are imposed by the State of Maine and cannot be waived by the town. Hours at the town office are: 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, 12:45 pm to 4:00 pm.

The library continues to receive new donations of books and movies, so be sure to stop in and check them out. I just finished reading a book by Kathy Lynn Emerson, who lives in Wilton, Maine with her husband and assorted cats. She writes in a variety of genres and under several names. As Kathy Lynn Emerson, she is best known for two historical mystery series, the Face Down series, featuring Susanna, Lady Appleton, sixteenth century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth and the Diana Spaulding 1888 Mysteries featuring a late nineteenth-century American journalist. “Lethal Legend” (set in Maine) follows “Deadlier than the Pen” (set in Maine), “Fatal as a Fallen Woman” (set in Colorado), and “No Mortal Reason” (set in rural New York State). As Kaitlyn Dunnett, Kathy pens the contemporary Liss MacCrimmon Scottish-American Heritage Mysteries, set in the fictional Maine town of Moosetookalook. “Deadlier than the Pen” is the one I just read and is set half in NY and half in Bangor. Because it is in the 1800’s, it is quite different from the modern mysteries and is a fun read and is at the library in the Maine section.

Upcoming Meetings: Parks and Recreation Meeting Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 at Town Office; Princeton Library Committee Meeting, Wednesday, October 12 at 5:00 at the library; Friends of Princeton Meeting, Thursday, October 13 at 6:00 at Town Office.

Upcoming Events:

Sunrise Christian Church, Big Lake Road, in Big Lake Township will be having a “Jacket Give Away” on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 a.m. - noon.

Treats on Wheels and Haunted House, Sunday, October 30 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Legacy Square. Everyone is invited to park their decorated trunks/pickup trucks, etc., and give out Halloween treats to all our local goblins and ghosts.

November 12 the 8th Grade will be having their annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Princeton Rod & Gun Club from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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